The Many Mysteries of Easter

While listening to local food celeb, Dixie Burmeister’s radio show, I learned some interesting facts about Easter.

Do you know how ham became the traditional meat served at Easter dinner? Thanks to Dixie, I do now. It was because back in pre-refrigeration days, pigs were slaughtered in the fall and then cured all winter, finally ready to be served right around Easter time.

I also learned that the traditions of egg dying and the Easter Bunny come from our wooden-shoe-wearing friends, the Dutch.

Dixie shed light on some of the long-held traditions of Easter, but there are some questions that I don’t think even Ms. Burmeister can answer.

One of the greatest mysteries of Easter is the mystery of my favorite Easter candy, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. Why does it taste so much better than the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? They are both made by the same company. They are both made with peanut butter and chocolate, so why the difference?

Then, there’s the mystery of how to boil the Easter eggs. Why is it that I can never remember how to boil a simple egg? Do I put the egg in before or after the water boils? Do I add salt? What’s this about putting the egg in while the water is cold and then shutting off the heat after the water boils to avoid the having the yolk turn gray? Okay, perhaps it’s just me.

Not mysterious enough? Here’s another one. Why do they only put one metal egg dipper in the Easter egg coloring kit? Don’t they know that the average number of people in an American family is 2.5? Why not 2.5 dippers per box?

Because that’s how they get ya, that’s why! If you want 2.5 of those ingeniously designed egg dippers, you’re going to have to buy 2.5 boxes of egg coloring. And you know you have to, because spoons just don’t work as well. You just can’t dye eggs without those clever little dippers!

Here is something you can do without; it’s that annoying, green, fake grass that goes in the Easter baskets. That stuff gets everywhere! It takes me until Independence Day to completely eradicate the Easter grass from my house.

Speaking of Independence Day, every year we know that Independence Day will be on the fourth of July, no fail. But, Easter changes from year to year. Why is that? This is a mystery that actually has an answer.

According to the user-written online encyclopedia,;

“Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year, following the cycle of the moon. After several centuries of disagreement, all churches accepted the computation of the Alexandrian Church, now the Coptic church, that Easter is the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the moon (the Paschal full moon) that is on or after March 21st (the ecclesiastical spring, or vernal, equinox)…” blah, blah, blah. Clear as egg yolk?

Although Easter Sunday changes from year to year, I never miss watching The Ten Commandments. What’s the mystery in that? The mystery is this: How is it that year after year Yule Brenner just keeps getting sexier and sexier? I love it when he says, “Moses and the Hebrews think they can out-wise my fathah.” Ladies, clutch your pearls and swoon.

Oh, there are many things that are mysterious about Easter, but probably the biggest mystery of all is why the Easter Bunny brings eggs? Bunnies don’t lay eggs, chickens lay eggs.

How does the bunny get the eggs from the chicken? Why doesn’t the chicken deliver its own eggs? I can’t figure this one out. Dixie, how about you?

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  • by Robert Location: Fruita on Apr 5, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    My favorite part of Easter are the egg-salad sandwiches for the rest of the week. I end up following the kids after the hunt and getting them to put their eggs in the fridge right away.
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  • by Nancy Location: Mesa, Arizona on Apr 5, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    I plan to serve ham for Easter dinner...big surprise, huh? My darling daughter hates ham. Passionately. She probably expected some sympathy, seeing as how she is pregnant. NOT A CHANCE! I told her she'll just have to be happy with the side dishes. HA!
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  • by Annie Payne on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    Carrie, you have to love a man that does impressions!
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  • by Carrie Location: New Castle on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    True story, my husband did a Yule Brenner impersonation on the first night we met and from that moment on I was his.
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  • by Carrie Location: New Cadtle on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    So true about the egg boiling thing. I can never remember how to do it and have to look it up on the Internet every Easter.
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